Is this a world record Tarpon

Discussion in 'International reports' started by Richard S, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. Richard S

    Richard S Junior member

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    Hi All

    anyone who has the equation for calculating Tarpon sizes please run the measure over this little beauty .
    pete tarpon resize.jpg

    One of two similar sized fish both caught by my friend Pater in the Gambia , both released , However this fish was found 7 hours later floating having obviously not survived the ordeal . They are pretty sure its the same fish as they took two scales off it before it was initially released . As they were fishing from a small boat they decided to tow the fish back rather than try to lift it into the boat , however whilst it was being towed the vent filled with water and the gut section of the fish was ripped open , a fairly sizable part of the fish was lost from the back end .

    It was then weighed in its damaged state and it weighed 362lbs !!!!! near as dammit 80lbs over the word record . As far as I know thats three fish in the last 5 years from Guinea Bissau and Gambia that should have taken the record .

    So is this the Biggest Tarpon ever caught on rod & line possibly the biggest Tarpon ever seen or photographed , 8ft long 4ft 7in girth.

    Please calculate it and let me know , Its too big for one of the tables and the old formula has it at 363 lbs , but being it had been dead for a while and its gut was badly ripped surely it should come up as heavier or maybe the formula is not qiite right for this size of fish

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  2. BOOM

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    Multiply the square of the girth in inches by the length in inches and divide by 800

    For example: a fish measures 38 inches in girth and 59 inches in length, so 38 x 38 = 1,444 and 59 x 1,444 = 85,196, then 85,196 divided by 800 = 106.39 or 106-1/2

    NOTE: For International Game Fish records measurements, the girth and entire length of the fish should be taken


    363 lbs. What an absolutely enormous goldfish, congratulations!
     

  3. tightlinemike

    tightlinemike Senior Member

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    Damn! That is one enormus hog. Unbelivable fish. Congrats.
     
  4. Frogfish

    Frogfish Senior Member

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    thats a freaking monstrous tarpon!!! *checks possible flights to the Gambia*
     
  5. iyaman

    iyaman Senior Member

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    either I'm drunk or there's something wrong with the pic...
     
  6. Richard S

    Richard S Junior member

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    THE MAJOR PROBLEM WITH THAT PHOTO IS IM NOT IN IT !!!!

    As far as Im aware the pics pretty straight , Petes not the tallest guy probably about 5ft 6ins . Hes definitely standing in front of the fish because his hand is in front , I know the guy who was on the boat with him and there both pretty straight guys , but I cant imagine they would be messing about with photos . Knowing pete he probably got the nearest african guy to take the photos.
     
  7. Twotems

    Twotems Junior member

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    I'm just down the coast from you (Nigeria) and we haven't seen Tarpon anywhere near that size in over 40 years. Congratulations to your friend.

    When is the Tarpon season in Gambia?
     
  8. Richard S

    Richard S Junior member

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    Normally they arrive inshore mid oct and stay till mid -end April .

    Best time for big fish is when they have been feeding up for a while Feb / March / April

    Regards Richard
     
  9. karlk1125

    karlk1125 Member

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    What a fish! I think those guys on the rope could use a hand or two
     
  10. elsyd

    elsyd Senior Member

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    Dream fish right there